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Should marijuana be made legal? o Many physicians believe that there are some legitimate medicinal uses of marijuana and dangers have been exaggerated o Proven to have significant medical potential in the relief of nausea, pain, and appetite stimulation Who is using marijuana? o 9.8 million users – very widespread use o In the Netherlands, marijuana and hashish are technically illegal but about 1200 coffee shops are permitted to sell up to five grams to anyone over 16 – has brought down the price and removed the criminal element – percentage of population who uses is much lower in Netherlands than US o In California, Proposition 215, the Compassionate Use Act of 1996, allows patients or defined caregivers to possess or grow marijuana for medical treatment so long as it is prescribed by a physician o National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML): organization with goal of permitting the legal use of marijuana by adults in a private setting Chemical Characteristics o Cannabis includes variants of a single species- all contain cannabinoids,
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